Restrictive lung disease
Restrictive lung diseases are a category of extrapulmonary, pleural, or parenchymal respiratory diseases that restrict lung expansion, resulting in a decreased lung volume, an increased work of breathing, and inadequate ventilation and/or oxygenation. Pulmonary function test demonstrates a decrease in the forced vital capacity.
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Restrictive lung diseases may be due to specific causes which can be intrinsic to the parenchyma of the lung, or extrinsic to it.
- Pneumoconiosis caused by long-term exposure to dusts, especially in mining. For example, Asbestosis.
- Radiation fibrosis, usually from the radiation given for cancer treatment.
- Certain drugs such as amiodarone, bleomycin and methotrexate.
- As a consequence of another disease such as rheumatoid arthritis.
- Hypersensitivity pneumonitis due to an allergic reaction to inhaled particles.
- Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a severe lung condition occurring in response to a critical illness or injury.
- Infant respiratory distress syndrome due to a deficiency of surfactant in the lungs of a baby born prematurely.
- Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
- Idiopathic interstitial pneumonia, of which there are several types
- Eosinophilic pneumonia
- Pulmonary Langerhans' cell histiocytosis
- Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis
Conditions specifically affecting the interstitium are called interstitial lung diseases.
In disorders that are intrinsic to the lung parenchyma, the underlying process is usually pulmonary fibrosis (scarring of the lung). As the disease progresses, the normal lung tissue is gradually replaced by scar tissue interspersed with pockets of air. This can lead to parts of the lung having a honeycomb-like appearance.
In restrictive lung disease, both forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) and forced vital capacity (FVC) are reduced, however, the decline in FVC is more than that of FEV1, resulting in a higher than 80% FEV1/FVC ratio. In obstructive lung disease however, the FEV1/FVC is less than 0.7, indicating that FEV1 is significantly reduced when compared to the total expired volume. This indicates that the FVC is also reduced, but not by the same ratio as FEV1.
One definition requires a total lung capacity which is 80% or less of the expected value.
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